Our Staff

We hope that these photos and profiles help you get to know us a little bit better! We asked our staff what made them want to work in Early Learning and Childcare, what their favorite thing about Prairie Lily is, and what they hope the children here remember as they grow up. We all are very passionate about what we do and are looking forward to getting to know each of our families better throughout the years they are here!

Directors

Karen Mills – Assistant Director

Karen works with us at Prairie Lily as the Assistant Director for our Normanview locations. She wanted to work in Early Learning because she can be a part of the “bigger picture” in children’s lives. She wants to help each one of the children who have been in her care to find their place in this world and to help shape the future generation in a positive and compassionate way.

Her favorite thing about being at Prairie Lily is being a part of an excellent team. She believes that we have a team that celebrates each other’s abilities, talents, experiences and cultural backgrounds. We have a common purpose, which allows us to share who we are with the children to enable them to grow and develop.

Karen would like for the families, staff, and children to remember that she saw creativity in each of them, that they are all so important, and that she learned a lot from them.

Cara Steiner – Executive Director

Cara originally wanted to work in Early Learning because she has always loved being around children. She believes that they teach us things every day about what it means to go through life and feel enjoyment each day. They are also genuinely very funny and help her remember to laugh as much as possible. As she has spend more time in this field and in her role as our Director, she has grown to be an advocate for this profession and wants to teach others about what we do, why we do it, and why it is so important! Cara considers it a privilege to be the leader of our talented team of Educators and caring families.

Her favorite thing about Prairie Lily is that this Centre feels like family. She enjoys our families, children and Educators so much. This is a group of people who care for and support each other, while sharing a common purpose and vision for our Centre. There have been ups and downs, like in any family, but they are always dealt with in a way that has allowed her to change and grow as a person and as an Early Childhood Educator.

Cara hopes that the children who have been here at the same time as her grow up knowing that they were LOVED. She wants each child to know that she celebrated their unique personalities and abilities, and hopes that they stay that way as long as they possibly can. She hopes that they grow up to be caring human beings, who consider the people around them, while being secure and confident in who they are. She hopes that each child finds their own success in life and remember that they can always come back to Prairie Lily for a visit at anytime!

Nutrition Expert

Tetyana Lavrentyev

Tetyana wanted to come work in daycare as she loves cooking and she also loves children! She loves seeing the children eat the food that she has prepared and enjoy it. She cooks all kinds of wonderful food for us, and has given us all opportunities to try foods that we haven’t before.

Her favorite thing about Prairie Lily is that she gets to cook for all of us and spend time with the children when she has the time. Tetyana is very passionate about the children eating homemade food, and loves that she can provide that for them. She knows that homemade food is the healthiest option and is glad she can help them grow in these important years eating high quality meals and snacks.

She hopes that the children remember her as a kind cook, who they can look to as a friend, and remember that they loved her meals. She wants the children to think of our Centre as a second home where they had lots of fun and created great memories.

Toddler Educators (House)

Michelle Cantin

Michelle loves that in Early Childhood Education, no single day is the same! The children that she has been fortunate enough to work with have motivated her to be a better person, and she has been able to learn from them while being lucky enough to teach them. It is a very rewarding job for her that brings out her inner child. Michelle is a self proclaimed Toddler in an Adult body who needs naps and treats to keep her happy. 🙂

Although she is new to Prairie Lily and only joined us in Fall of 2018, her favorite thing is the way that she has been able to build individual bonds with each of the children. For her, nothing beats walking into work and seeing the children smile and hear them yell her name!

Michelle hopes that the children in her groups now and in the future see her as a friend as well as a teacher; someone who supports them, plays with them, teaches them and equips them with skills they will use throughout their lives.

Kaitie Kuntz

Kaitie wanted to work in Early Childhood Education because it is a fast paced job that is always different and challenging. She loves to see the children grow and can learn new things from the time she spends with them each day. She loves to be silly with the children and enjoys seeing their personalities develop as they get older.

Her favorite thing about Prairie Lily is how family oriented and personal the Centre is. Everyone knows the families and often our families include our staff in things outside of the Centre, even if it is just encouraging the children to talk about them at home or to tell them about the big events in their lives. The families in her groups have been so great at getting to know her too, and making her feel that they care about the person who is caring for their children.

Kaitie hopes that all the children remember that she is always here for them, if it is to listen to what they want to say or need, or just for a snuggle!

Amrita Pandey

Amrita wanted to work in Early Childhood Education because she it has always been her dream and passion to become an Educator. She has been with our Centre for over 5 years and is a wonderful addition to our team.

Her favorite part of Prairie Lily is the children. She gets to work with them in a fun and creative setting. Each day is different and exciting for her. She loves to laugh, sing, play and dance with them all day long.

As a Educator, she has an important role of shaping the lives of young children and preparing them to become productive citizens in our community. She hopes that they remember that she taught them kindness, love, how to share and care for others, and patience. These are the keys to make themselves and others happy.

Preschool Educators (House)

Jaymss Campbell (One on One Educator)

Jaymss loves working with children, and loves to see the pure joy that they have about everything. She can see first hand how they work through new discoveries and to make sense of the world around them!

Her favorite thing about Prairie Lily is the relationship that she has been able to build with our families, coworkers, and most importantly, the children. She loves seeing them come across new discoveries.

Jaymss hopes that the children know and remember that she is always here for them, she is always here to support and nourish them, and that she always showed them how capable they are to do things, even if it might be difficult!

Ellie Kim

Ellie joined our Centre in the Fall of 2018. She previously taught Preschool in Seoul, South Korea and we are lucky to have her here with us in our Centre. She wanted to work in Early Learning because she has a joy when she is around children and loves to help them grow.

Her favorite thing so far about Prairie Lily is being around the children and our overall environment. OUR favorite thing about her is the calm and loving presence that she has here, and how she has impacted out programs in a positive way.

Ellie hopes that the children here know that they can come to her with anything they might need, and hopes that she has an impact on their lives as an Educator and a friend.

Andrea Spirito (Supervisor, One on One Educator)

Andrea feels that one of the most important things in the world is a child’s learning and being in an Early Learning Centre environment. Her love for children and how much joy they bring to her life is what helped her make the decision to work in Early Childhood Education.

Her favorite thing about Prairie Lily is the strong relationships with the children, parents and fellow Educators. It feels like a second home to her, and the chances she gets to smile and laugh with the children make her feel so happy each day.

Andrea hopes that the children remember how much she loves each and every one of them, and that she will always be a safe and loving place for them to be. She is so proud of all of them and the achievements and milestones that have achieved at Prairie Lily.

Preschool Educators (Room 8)

Brittany Franklin (One on One Educator)

Brittany wanted to work in Early Learning because for her, nothing is more rewarding than helping children grow into being good and kind people.

Her favorite part about Prairie Lily is being able to see the children grow so beautifully.

Brittany hopes that the children learn and remember that a hug can fix almost anything, they just need to ask for it first. She is always so grateful that she is able to come and work with these children every day, and she is great at spreading her positive attitude all around the Centre.

Evan Johnston

Evan wanted to work in Early Childhood Education because she just loves children! She wants to be able to help them learn and grow.

Her favorite part of working at Prairie Lily is the children. Seeing them every day makes her day and makes her so happy.

Evan hopes that all the of the children remember that she loved each one of them. She wants them to remember as the grow up to be the kind and funny young people that they are.

Nicole Rejc (Supervisor)

Nicole began working in Early Childhood Education because she has a desire to help children develop into their full potential. Nicole has endless experience of over 24 years working with children of all ages and with all types of needs. She has been a key part of our Centre for the past 6 years.

Her favorite thing about working here is the entire staff’s dedication to play and focusing on child led learning.

Nicole hopes that the children that she has cared for remember all of the cool things that she showed them or that she was there when they learned something awesome.

Terri-don Walkington (One on One Educator)

Terri-don is our most senior staff member at Prairie Lily, and she has been working here for over 14 lovely years. We are so lucky to have her. Her love of children is what brought her to the field of Early Childhood Education and has kept her here for all of these years.

Her favorite part of working here is the children and their families. Terri-don has always had a special relationship with the children, and they and their families have always had a special relationship with her too.

She hopes that the children remember, no matter what, that each of them is special and that they can grow up to be whatever they want to be as long as they try hard.

Before and After School Educators

Nicole Donison

Nicole is an aspiring elementary school teacher, and she thought that working in a Childcare Center would be a great way to work with children, to gain experience, and to plan fun activities for both the children and staff to enjoy.

Her favorite thing about Prairie Lily is the children! She loves spending time with them and getting to build relationships and trust through that. She loves what they teach her on a daily basis and hopes that she is able to teach them important lessons too.

Nicole hopes that the children remember that she is fun and always up for trying new activities, from her own ideas or the children’s suggestions. She hopes that they learn and remember life lessons that will help them to be successful in their future adventures.

Jadyn Kezama

Jadyn joined us in the summer of 2018. She has always loved working with children for as long as she can remember. Even though she hasn’t been here as long as some of our other Educators, she has been loving every minute of it!

Her favorite thing about Prairie Lily is the staff and children here. She feels that this is an all around amazing place to work.

Jadyn hopes that all the children that she cares for learn how to be friendly and how to complete basic tasks on their own. She hopes that they remember to always be kind to one another and to smile!

Selina Musleh

Selina started coaching synchronized swimming when she was 14 and fell in love with working with children. She has been a great addition to our Before and After School program and is currently working on her Education degree with a focus on Pre-K to Grade 5.

She loves the staff and children that are here in our program, and it has been a great learning experience for her while working with us. She really likes that she and the children can learn and grow together.

Selina hopes that the children here remember to be kind to both their friends AND family.

Jaeda Nachtegaele

Jaeda has grown up being around children and loves to help them learn any kind of concept. She became especially aware of this through her relationship with her younger sister, and has been a great addition to our team.

Her favorite thing about Prairie Lily is the joyfulness that the children bring to her life. Their laughter and hugs have helped her form a bond with the children in each area that she works with.

She hopes that the children here always remember that she played with them and helped them grow into a person that they will love.

Breeann Phillips

Bree joined our team in the summer of 2017. She has various different experiences working with all kinds of children, and as she says, they are fun and keep her young.

Her favorite thing about working at Prairie Lily is finding new and interesting crafts to do with the children. Bree is incredibly talented and shares her gifts with the children in this area as much as she can.

She hopes that they remember that she taught them to be kind to each person they come across.

Karsyn Wolfe

Karsyn wanted to work in Early Learning with children of all ages. She is working towards her Education degree at the University of Regina, and will be an excellent Teacher someday! She loves teaching and educating young minds, and has previously worked for many years teaching swimming lessons.

Her favorite thing about Prairie Lily is how all of our Educators work so well together. Everyone here is loving and caring towards each other and towards the children.

She hopes that the children remember the fun games she played with them and the activities she planned for them.  She wants them to remember that how caring she was to them and that she worked hard each day to make them feel happy and know that they were loved.

Part-Time Educators & Support Staff

Alora Biram

Alora has always been drawn to children and has cared for them from a young age. Children only know what they have experienced and as an Early Childhood Educator, Alora believes that she has the power to help all children develop a strong foundation for learning. She is able to help them build high functioning brains by creating a caring relationship with them and meeting all of their individual needs. She has chosen to work in this field because she is helping build the future members of our society.

Her favorite thing about working at Prairie Lily is the children, the staff, and family relationships that we get to build.

Alora hopes that the children remember that she is a safe place for them to come to always. She hopes that they learn to be kind, confident, and independent people. She hopes that they always feel safe to ask questions and explore their curiosities.

Alora has a twin brother who she is very close to. She values friend and family relationships and spending time with the people who matter most to her. She is an artist and enjoys doing yoga. Alora brings all of these lovely traits with her wherever she goes and we are so lucky to have her here!

Caitlynn Stevenson

Caitlynn was fortunate enough to have her nieces come into her life at a young age, and spending time with them always made her day better and brighter. She wanted to help them grow into the wonderful individuals that they are and that led her to working in Early Childhood Education.

Caitlynn’s favorite thing about Prairie Lily is the staff she works with. She also loves the children, thinks they are absolutely amazing, and that they can brighten her day and always bring a smile to her face.

She hopes that the children remember all of the fun times that they shared with her in the Centre. She hopes they remember the Centre as a fun, friendly, and loveable environment and that they go above and beyond achieving all of their developmental milestones. Even though Caitlynn is a part time Educator with us now, she is always thinking of the children in the Centre and enjoys all the chances she gets to receive their hugs and bright smiles.

Maternity Leave

Sky-Anne Michell

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